NFL Hall of Famer Picks Michael Jordan Over Tom Brady in GOAT Debate

Published 01/29/2021, 3:57 PM EST
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports/Getty Images

The Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers sealed a spot in this year’s Super Bowl LV event with a win over Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game last weekend.

The Pirates did enough to thwart a free-flowing Green Bay offense led by Aaron Rodgers. They emerged with a convincing 26-31 win over the Packers at Lambeau Field to book a spot in their first Super Bowl under HC Bruce Arians.

In doing so, Brady now added the NFC Championship title to his already impressive trophy cabinet. At 43, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down and is often regarded as one of the greatest athletes to ever play a particular sport.

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But Brady has shown, time and again, that his individual brilliance is what makes the difference between being good and great. Who else had a similar impact on a single sport? Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

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Tom Brady got nothing on Michael Jordan, says Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe put forth an interesting question on the latest segment of Undisputed. The Denver Broncos great was asked to choose between Tom Brady and Michael Jordan as the greatest sports athlete of all time. Here’s who he went with.

Tom Brady is so much more reliant on the defense and on special teams than Michael is. So the only way I can acquire this skill I’m gonna put it to you like this.

“I trust Michael Jordan’s jump shot more than I trust Tom Brady throwing the football,” Sharpe said on the show.

Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to head coach Bruce Arians before a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

But Sharpe further sided with Brady saying, “I think it’s probably a little bit more difficult to do what Tom has done than Mike for the simple fact is, football is one game.

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“Just imagine you had to play you know, you got to win 4 games to win the Super Bowl. Yeah, Jordan has to win 4 games. So he has a margin of error.”

MJ has 6 NBA championship rings to his name, as does Patriots legend Tom Brady. That could change in the coming weeks as the Buccaneers gear up for the all-important Super Bowl face-off against Kansas City Chiefs.

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We wonder if Mr. Sharpe will change his answer if Brady adds to his Super Bowl win tally.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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